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About

Tjauruwa was born outside the Spinifex Determination Area at Warutjara, the place of Minyma Tjilkamata - the Echidna Woman, near the current community of Jamieson (Manta Maru) within the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Except for possession of a few pieces of iron, fashioned into implements and tin bowls Tjaruwa lived traditionally until the winter of 1986 when her family group of seven was located in northern Spinifex by a group of Spinifex people making a sortie into country to re-visit important Men’s sites after some 25 years of absence. Tjaruwa came in with a small son on her hip and camped with her family firstly at Yakatunya, 90 kilometres south of Tjuntjuntjara, joined the moving camp which accompanied the construction of a road, 300 kilometres through the length of the Spinifex Lands, before settling permanently at Tjuntjuntjara in 1989. Tjaruwa was adjudged to be about 32 years old in 1986 and was given the birth date 1/7/1954. At this point in time (2014), Tjaruwa’s family remains the last Aboriginal group in the country to make first contact with contemporary Australia.

It is difficult to even imagine the changes Tjaruwa was to encounter living in her new world. She had acquired an extended network of kin to establish relationships with, the daily activity of hunting and gathering was essentially replaced by the community store and water was abundant.

Tjaruwa’s immediate priority was to care for her mother and uncle living in their new circumstances and it was not until her mother passed away that she took up an interest in painting. At first she tended to paint as she observed other women painting and then the accumulated experience of her other life and her mother’s stories/designs poured out and Tjaruwa’s unique Spinifex perspective was translated with spectacular style and technique on to canvas.

In 2014 Tjaruwa’s work “Anumarapiti” was shortlisted for the Telstra Award.

Medium
Acrylic on canvas and linen
Punu - wooden artifacts and sculpture Tjanpi - spinifex baskets

Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2017 'Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 LORE The visual language of cultural Identity, Raft Artspace, Tasmania
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2016 Purungu und Narrupa Sammlung, in association with P. & A. Klein and ArtKelch, Kunstwerk, Germany
2016 Spinifex Arts Project 2015. Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W
2015 Tarnanthi - Festival of Comtemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2015 Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst. ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany
2015 Kulunypa- selected small works from the Spinifex Arts Project. Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2015 Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation, The British Museum, London
2014 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Salon des Refuses, Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries. Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, NT. Womens Collaborative
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin, NT
2014 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award MAAGNT, Darwin, NT
2014 Tjuntjuntjara - Recent works from Spinifex Country, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art 111' Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Women's Collaborative).
2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2012 Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.
2012 Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow, John Curtin Gallery, Perth WA
2012 The Bright, The Bold & The Beautiful: A Vibrant and Colourful Celebration of Indigenous Australian Women, Cooee Gallery, Sydney NSW
2011 Living Water, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
2011 The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2011 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries,NT
2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2010 Spinifex Arts Project 2010, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2010 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA. And national tour.
2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2010 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs NT
2010 Spinifex Artists Survey Show, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2010 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2009 Generation Next, Randall Lane Gallery, Perth WA
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs NT
2009 Spinifex Artists 2009, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2009 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA (Women’s Collaborative)
2009 Walka Putitja, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2009 Tracking the Wati Kutjara – Spinifex 2009, Cooee Gallery, Sydney NSW
2008 New Works from the Spinifex Artists,Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs NT
2008 Kapi Ninti-Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 Ten Years On, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2007 Best of the Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2007 New Spinifex Works, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2007 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs NT
2006 Art of the Spinifex People, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs NT
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2006 Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
2005 Spinifex Mob, Coo-ee Arts, Sydney NSW
2005 Spinifex Artists, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2004 Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. National Gallery of Victoria,
2004 Spinifex Arts Project, Harbour House Gallery, Zurich
2003 Spinifex Arts Project 03, Span Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2003 Spinifex Arts Project 03, Raintree Gallery, Darwin NT
2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour
2002 Putitja Nguru – Art of the Spinifex People, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T.
2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour

Collections

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC (Women’s Collaborative) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA (Women’s Collaborative)
The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle USA (Women’s Collaborative)
The Corrigan Collection, Australia
Richard and Harriet England Collection
The Sims Dickson Collection, NSW
The British Museum, London, England.(Women's Collaborative)
W & V McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC
The Berndt Collection, University of Western Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Awards

2015 Finalist (Women's Collaborative) 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museumsand Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T
2014 Finalist 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award
2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA

Bibliographies

2015 Sculthorpe, Gaye. 2015, Bringing great Australian Indigenous works of art into the light at the British Museum, The Financial Review, April 29th
2015 Sculthorpe, G. Carty, J. Morphy, H. Nugent, M. Coats, I. Bolton, L. Jones, J. Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation (exhibition catalogue) The British Museum, London, UK
2015 Neill, Rosemary. 2015, British Museum indigenous exhibition earns royal approval, The Australian, May 2nd
2015 Jones, Jonathon. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation a fabulous beast, The Guardian, April 21st
2015 Edmons, Penny. 2015 Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best, The Conversation, April 22nd
2015 Nicholls, Christine. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation is a challenge to review, The Conversation, 27th April
2015 Reuters video, Prince Charles says Indigenous history as important as ANZAC day, Reuters, May 1st
2015 Dulaney, Michael. Spinifex artwork takes pride of place at British Museum, The Kalgoorlie Miner, May 8th
2013 Rothwell, Nicolas. “Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards”, The Australian August 13, 2013
2012 Raffan, J. Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, MacMillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2012
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exhibition catalogue) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W.A
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2011 Ryan, J. 2011, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
2011 Barlow, G. 2011, Networks Cells and Silos (exhibition catalogue), Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne VIC
2010 Cumpston, N. 2010, Desert Country (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2010 Vivien Anderson Gallery 2010, Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now (exhibition catalogue), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2009 Japingka Gallery, 2009, Spinifex Artists (exhibition catalogue), Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia 2009, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
2008 Vivien Anderson Gallery, 2008, Kapi Ninti – Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2002 Cane, S. 2002, Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle WA

Artworks of Angelina (Tjaruwa) Woods

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